Question of the Day for Thursday, January 24, 2013
Q. At funeral Masses, I have noticed people going up for Communion when I know for a fact they do not go to Mass every Sunday. This is a mortal sin, but people do not seem to recognize this anymore. They make their own rules; it really bothers me to know that Jesus is being received into a very unclean soul. I know none of us is really worthy, but there are those of us who go to confession regularly and at least try to be worthy as much as possible and follow the rules of the Church. I wish I could say something to these people and try to correct their way of thinking. No one seems to know there is mortal and venial sins because it is never talked about on the pulpit like it should, at least I have never heard it. Please comment on this.
— Mrs. P.S
A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin:
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “we must prepare ourselves for so great and so holy a moment” as that in which we receive the Eucharist (see No. 1385). Traditional preparation includes fasting before Mass and, if we are guilty of serious sin, the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
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